a decellularized “ghost” heart
aaaaaaaay extracellular matrix
How cool is it that when you take all the cells out of an organ it still looks like an organ?
I remember when I was in high school and still very confused about how tissues worked, because all anyone taught me was that we’re made up of piles of cells hung on bones. But that’s not how it is! Cells build themselves little hammocks of polymer and densely branched glycoproteins; we’re like onions, layers of membrane over tough rubbery collagen, huge protein scaffolds cradling slippery organs.
Bodies are not made of cells — bodies are made by cells.
Anytime someone questions my support for President Obama I’m just going to pull up my Tumblr and show them this.
This is why I voted for him. He gets it.
OMG. I love this. It’s powerful and this is why he’s president.
But also, in that last GIF, his face is just like ‘Getting awful tired of your shit rapers’Here is a man who knows what’s up
The guy has two daughters, and is by all accounts an absolutely awesome dad. Black women face a much higher chance of being raped, especially by an acquaintance, and a much lower chance of being believed, due to the numerous hypersexualizing stereotypes that exist. While victim-blaming exists for all women, it is especially, especially a problem for WoC, which is utterly fucking terrifying as a concept if you consider how big of an issue it is for white women. (Hint: it’s a big issue.)
I don’t imagine it’s very hard for him to put himself in the position of asking: if this were one of my daughters affected by this, how likely would it be that the rape of my daughter would fall, by dint of victim-blaming, into one of those sliced-and-diced categories that just don’t qualify for “the ability to make her own goddamned decision”?
I also think that President Obama doesn’t actually need to be able to filter that through the experience of being a father; he’s shown himself on the overall to be a thoughtful, empathetic individual who ‘gets it’ very well. However, having two daughters approaching adulthood as WoC probably certainly doesn’t hurt his ability to see that.